Does your work qualify for legal protection as provided by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office?
It may help to understand the legal definition of a patent before consulting with Denver, CO patent attorneys in regard to your original work.
A patent protects a process, machine, manufacture, apparatus or composition of matter or improvement thereof.
To file a patent, the first step is to write down the ideas and have them witnessed, signed and dated.
The next step involves a search.
The inventor may want to conduct a preliminary search on the Internet or at a larger city public library. A search conducted in the U.S. Patent Office is usually done through a patent attorney such as those employed at Lewis & Rost in Greenwood Village and Fort Collins CO. The patent attorney will render an opinion as to the advisability of filing the patent application.
If favorable, a patent application is usually prepared and filed by the patent attorney. A patent application must be filed in the name of the inventor. A design or utility patent application—or both—may be filed. In addition to the expenses of filing the application there are prosecution costs and a final issue fee. Maintenance fees are paid after the patent is issued to maintain the patent in effect.
An alternative to filing a regular utility patent application is filing a provisional application for which a filing date is received; but this application automatically becomes abandoned 12 months from the filing date. A regular application must be filed before that anniversary date.
While the patent process may seem complicated, experienced patent lawyers such as those at Lewis & Rost in Colorado can cut through the fog and see your intellectual property through to protected shores. Call our office today to find out more or schedule a consultation: 720-528-8863 (Greenwood Village) or 970-482-2841 (Fort Collins).